Well on the way.
April 29 2017
Yorkshire Carnegie took a big stride towards the Championship Final play off with a comprehensive victory in the first leg of the semi-final over Ealing Trailfinders.
The first 40 minutes was as good as Carnegie have played all season. They found themselves 3 points down, (it should have been 6), after 10 minutes or so, but they clicked into gear, and by half time had built up a deserved 24 points to 3 lead. In fact had we not dropped the ball on the last play of the half, it would have been even more.
Jonah Holmes started and finished the first try. He made a strong run into Ealing territory, and although he was hauled down, he loitered long enough to pop up on Ben West’s shoulder to cross by the posts when the ball was recycled. Joe popped over the extras, then shortly after these two combined again. Joe sent a high kick towards the hosts 22, and Holmes took advantage of some Ealing ball watching to collect the egg and race away and under the sticks. Another conversion, then Ford intercepted a stray pass in his own half and raced away before offloading to the supporting Alex Davies who scampered across the whitewash.
The extras were tagged on, and following more Carnegie pressure, Ford popped over a drop goal to complete the first half scoring.
The second half started as the first had finished. Ford missed with a drop goal attempt, but then slotted over a penalty to increase the lead. For the first time in the game, the scrum came under pressure and with the help of a succession of penalties Ealing found a way back into the game.
Carnegie had defended strongly, typified when Chris Elder made a crunching tackle on the Trailfinders winger to stop a certain try. However, when Davies cleared upfield, Will Harries collected the ball in his own half, and with Carnegie taking an ‘after you Claude’ approach to stopping him, he waltzed through to score a fine solo try. Clegg again missed the target but did add a simple penalty to reduce the deficit.
It was all Ealing, but their attack rarely broke the light blue line in front of them, until eventually they did create an overlap, and former player, Curtis Wilson, (he of what must be the worst hair style and colour ever seen on a rugby field), scored out wide.
Clegg couldn’t add the extras and Carnegie still had a healthy 11 point lead, but with only 3 minutes remaining, Ford placed a clever kick into the Ealing half, and when his side forced a scrum, Ryan Burrows picked up from the base, and swatted a couple of defenders aside and sprinted 20 yards to the line. A slight delay before the tv official confirmed the try, and as he had done all night, Joe, successfully converted from the tee. Carnegie still found time to give the ball away, but as it had all evening the defence held firm, and denied Ealing a late consolation score.
An excellent performance, and to be honest, almost any player could have won the MoM. Buzz did, but Ford was outstanding, Stedman and Boyce took the eye with barnstorming runs, Mayhew was a menace, and in the first half Jonah was at his best. Elder’s try saving tackle was as good as you could see, and everybody got stuck in doing the hard work that may not be eye catching, but it is essential in any successful side.
Still a few things to put right. The scrum creaked for a while in the second half, and the penalty count was a bit too high at times. But, any Carnegie fan would have taken this result before the kick off. A great start to the semi-final, ruthless, clinical, and efficient. Man for man Carnegie were the best side. Let’s hope for more of the same next week. After that……who knows?pqs: qs:
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sent off carried off never backed off
A great day at the office for the boys for those who had to take time out of their own offices to go.
Enjoyed seeing them!
Keep positive with all our best players already leaving how does that work???????Oh I see if we go up we ask them all to stay ???there is something in the air we don't know about??? is it semi Pro ?? COLT!!!! good result very pleased but also very worried I cant see were this is all going? COLT!!!
Can I ask what COLT means bird lover. Completely agree with you, something is amiss, why have we let people go that we have tried so hard to keep hold of for so long. Something is not sitting right with me, I've followed Tykes for a long time and it's never been so quiet on announcements of signing.
Something is amiss = we have a shortfall of £1M in income from start of next season hence downsizing.